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Read the full story at CleanLink.
A building energy labeling program that allows the industry to zero in on opportunities to lower building operating cost and make informed decisions to increase value has been expanded to include an As Designed label.
The program is now two labels in one: an As Designed label that rates the building’s potential energy use under standardized conditions—independent of the building’s occupancy and usage—and an In Operation label that rates the building’s actual measured energy use as influenced by the building’s occupancy and usage.
A building’s utility costs are some of the largest, yet most controllable, operating expenses; therefore, managing a building’s energy efficiency is an integral part of the building’s operational and financial performance.
As the marketplace, the built environment industry and the government look at reducing energy use and saving money, the Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) is an easily understood, yet technically sound, tool for understanding a building’s energy use and identifying opportunities to reduce that use is needed. ASHRAE, a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide, is the developer of bEQ.
Read the full story in Environmental Leader.
Sustainable packaging encompasses multiple initiatives, including producing effective solutions with minimum resources, protecting the product, transport efficiency and effective end of life management. What’s encouraging is that each of the aforementioned can be accomplished one step at a time.
Implementing incremental changes towards sustainable packaging can often achieve a more robust outcome towards comprehensive sustainability than holding off on a product’s release until a complete redesign can be made. It all depends on brand owners’ objectives, including their knowledge of consumer preferences, impact from supplier scorecards, and their own internal sustainability goals.
One caveat, no matter what the company decides to include in its sustainability mix, there will be no greater backlash than the waste of fully-costed products. These are products that have been manufactured and transported to a retailer only to never be purchased due to a variety of reasons, such as a packaging defect or damage – which can endanger the integrity of the product inside. To balance performance and sustainability, product manufacturers should consider the following points:
Read the full story at Triple Pundit.
Last week, TCO Development granted Samsung’s Galaxy S4 the organization’s first ever sustainability certification for smartphones.
The certification is important for Samsung and the overall smartphone market for several reasons. First, as smartphones proliferate and accomplish everything from reducing usage of laptops to helping alleviate poverty in emerging markets, the world’s resources necessary to manufacture them, from rare earth metals to petroleum, will become more constrained and difficult to procure. Furthermore, consumers are becoming aware of the social cost resulting from their assembly, as last year’s Apple-Foxconn saga clearly demonstrated.
Read the full story at GreenBiz.
Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and environmental policy are essential, but not complete solutions by themselves.
We also need laws, oversight and guidelines to set the entire competitive floor at a level that protects the environment and ensures a quality and quantity of jobs consistent with human dignity. Such a platform will unleash even more innovation, but in directions that are sustainable.
Responsible and sustainably-focused business owners can make a big difference in policy fights by countering what policymakers hear from some in the traditional business community.
Here are three pro-sustainable business policy items the American Sustainable Business Council is working on in conjunction with many other organizations.
Read the full story at GreenBiz.
As e-commerce siphons an ever-larger portion of retail sales, what keeps businesses and consumers congregating at shopping malls?
For Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the world with approximately 326 retail properties in North America and Asia, at least part of the answer is tied its innovative sustainability agenda.
By testing groundbreaking new energy-efficiency and waste-management processes, for example, the mall operator hopes to encourage successful retailers to take up residence because their operating costs might be lower in a Simon Property than elsewhere.
Read the full story in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Crain’s traces the path of scrap metal from your alley to the scrap yard to show the challenges facing an industry hit by falling metal prices around the world.
Read the full story in R&D Magazine.
A new version of solar cells created by laboratories at Rice and Pennsylvania State universities could open the door to research on a new class of solar energy devices.
The photovoltaic devices, created in a project led by Rice chemical engineer Rafael Verduzco and Penn State chemical engineer Enrique Gomez, are based on block copolymers, self-assembling organic materials that arrange themselves into distinct layers. They easily outperform other cells with polymer compounds as active elements.
The discovery is detailed online in Nano Letters.
Read the full story from Environmental Leader.
We live in an era of new transparency and visibility. Now, consumers can turn to social media to provide feedback on a product or service. What’s more, a company’s integrity can be jeopardized by a Facebook post or tweet; consumers are eager to express their anger and dissatisfaction when companies are perceived to not be acting responsibly or in their best interest.
This poses an opportunity and a challenge for the business community. How should businesses be working with society, looking beyond profit, and focus on generating value for people and the planet?
Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) is a new peer-reviewed journal complementing Environmental Science & Technology, the most cited journal in Environmental Engineering and Sciences.
Beginning in summer 2013, ES&T Letters will begin to accept manuscripts in a Letters-format, covering communications on pure and applied environmental science, and short reviews on emerging environmental science & technology topics. Read more of the journal scope.
ES&T Letters will offer the fastest time to publication in environmental science. From submission to web publication: 4 to 6 weeks.